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# 100661 16-Apr-2012 10:39
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Im looking for a property owner at the top of waitacks with a good view of all of auckland who will let us run a low power fm transmitter. It would be used under the following general user licence:

Willing to pay owner a fee, plus also supply free broadband over a wifi link which would need to be installed to get audio feed from studio.

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  # 609911 16-Apr-2012 11:53
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Do you really think you will hit enough of auckland from up there on a fleapowered LPFM signal to be worthwhile?

Keeping in mind that as soon as you get into population there are already countless LPFMs around the city in places where there are actually people.


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  # 609940 16-Apr-2012 12:08
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richms: Do you really think you will hit enough of auckland from up there on a fleapowered LPFM signal to be worthwhile?

I was wondering the same thing.  One Watt EIRP is not much power, and will probably get lost in the noise before it goes too far.

Why not do an audio stream via the internet?


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  # 609957 16-Apr-2012 12:27
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IMO I think LPFM (in the sense of FM) will start to lose its attraction.

Internet is becoming a better medium these days for hobbyist radio with larger reach and no risk of interference from others.

Saying that, back to topic and good luck with finding a location!

Check out my LPFM Radio Station at cool

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  # 610003 16-Apr-2012 13:34
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1 watt is plenty at that height, i've been there done it before.  I had a transmitter up there for a short period of time last year, before the guy sold his house.  I was getting coverage as far north as orewa using a dipole stuck to side of his balcony, and at the time was only putting out about half power 500mw, which I only realised later after testing the transmitter/antenna with an swr meter.

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